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Famous Deaths on April 26

  • 757 Stephen II, Catholic Pope (752-757), dies at 43
  • 1192 Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan, 77th Emperor of Japan, dies at 64
  • 1196 Alfonso II, King of Aragon (1162-96), dies at 39
  • 1444 Robert Campin, first great master of Flemish and Early Netherlandish painting, dies at ~65
  • 1476 Simonetta Vespucci, Italian noblewoman & inspiration of Botticelli, dies at 23
  • 1478 Giuliano de' Medici, Italian co-ruler of Florence with his brother Lorenzo, murdered in the Pazzi Conspiracy in Duomo of Florence at 24
  • 1489 Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese 9th shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate, dies at 23
  • 1558 Jean Fernel, French physician (coined the term "physiology"), dies at 61
  • 1648 Christophe Thomas Walliser, French composer, dies at 79
  • 1660 Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate, German princess & consort of Brandenburg as the wife of George William, dies at 62
  • 1703 Georg Christoph Leuttner, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1716 John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor of England, dies at 65
  • 1717 John King, youngest known pirate (joined crew of pirate Samuel Bellamy ), lost in a shipwreck at sea aged 10 or 11
  • 1717 Samuel Bellamy "Black Sam", English pirate (ship Whydah Gally) lost in a storm at sea at 28
  • 1726 Jeremy Collier, English bishop & theatre critic, dies at 75
  • 1784 Nano Nagle, Irish convent founder, dies at 66
  • 1785 Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, German composer, dies at 40
  • 1789 Peter Ivanovich Panin, Russian general (Pugatshov-uprising), dies at ~67
  • 1805 Jean-Baptiste-Gaspard d'Ansse de Villoison, French classical scholar (Anecdota Graeca), dies at 55
  • 1827 Bernardo Ottani, Italian composer, dies at 90
  • 1865 Charles J Sax, Belgium musician & father of Adolphe Sax inventor of the saxophone, dies at 74

John Wilkes Booth

1865 John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor & assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln, shot and killed at 26 by Union soldier Boston Corbett

  • 1881 Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen, Bavarian general, dies at 65
  • 1892 Provo Wallis, British Royal Navy officer, dies at 100
  • 1907 Pietro Platania, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1910 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author "Pa Guds Veje" and Nobel laureate 1903, dies at 77
  • 1920 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (number theory), dies of illness at 32
  • 1922 Hans Sommer, German theatre composer, dies at 84
  • 1924 Josef Labor, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • 1932 Bill Lockwood, English cricketer (43 wickets in 12 Tests for England), dies at 64
  • 1936 Tammany Young, American actor, dies at 49
  • 1938 Edmund Husserl, German philosopher (founded School of Phenomenology), dies at 79
  • 1940 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65
  • 1941 Jean Demoor, Belgian physician & physiologist, dies at 74
  • 1944 Violette Morris, French athlete & spy for Nazi Germany, dies at 51
  • 1945 Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician & general, dies at 71
  • 1945 Sigmund Rascher, Nazi doctor, dies at 36
  • 1946 Hermann von Keyserling, Baltic German philosopher (Unsterblichkeit), dies at 65
  • 1950 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician, dies at 68
  • 1951 John Alden Carpenter, American composer (Sea Drift), dies at 75
  • 1951 Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist, dies at 82
  • 1956 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • 1957 Gichin Funakoshi, Japanese martial artist, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo, dies at 88
  • 1958 Joe Small, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder in 1928 series), dies at 65
  • 1958 Joan Collette, Dutch painter, dies at 68
  • 1960 Wander Johannes de Haas, Dutch physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • 1964 Edwin John Pratt, Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
  • 1964 Pieter van der Lijn, Dutch geologist (Boulder Book), dies at 93
  • 1965 Aaron Avshalomov, Russian-born Jewish composer, dies at 70
  • 1969 Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist & founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido, dies at 85
  • 1970 "Gypsy" Rose Lee [Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • 1970 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • 1970 Paul Celan, Romanian-born writer, dies at 49
  • 1970 Erik Bergman, Swedish pastor, dies at 83
  • 1972 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter, dies at 79
  • 1972 Margaret Bonds,  American composer (The Ballad of the Brown King), pianist, arranger, and teacher, dies at 59
  • 1973 Irene Ryan, American actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • 1976 Allan Jackson, American newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • 1976 Neil McCallum, British-Canadian actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • 1976 Sid James [Solomon Joel Cohen], South African-born British character & comedy actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1980 Cicely Courtneidge, Australian-born British actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
  • 1981 Jim Davis, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65
  • 1981 Madge Evans, American TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71
  • 1982 Celia Johnson, British actress (Jean Brodie), dies of stroke at 73
  • 1982 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 86
  • 1983 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer & Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81
  • 1983 Vaughn Taylor, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • 1984 Henry Rowland, American actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • 1984 May McAvoy, American actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • 1984 (William) "Count" Basie, jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader ("One O'Clock Jump"; "April In Paris"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79
  • 1986 Bessie Love, American actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87

Broderick Crawford

1986 Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74

  • 1986 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter, dies at 87
  • 1987 John Ernest Silkin, British politician, dies at 64
  • 1990 Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, Colombian presidential candidate, assassinated at 38
  • 1991 Emily McLaughlin, American actress (Jessie Brewer- General Hospital), dies at 61
  • 1991 Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • 1991 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), dies at 86
  • 1991 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (26th Premier of New Brunswick), dies at 60
  • 1991 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, dies at 85
  • 1991 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 63
  • 1992 Alberta Vaughn, American actress (Wild Horse, Silver Devil), dies at 87
  • 1992 Clyde Hartley, American entertainer, dies at 68
  • 1994 Masutatsu Oyama, Founder of Japanese Kyokushin Karate, dies at 70
  • 1994 Manuel Enríquez, Mexican composer, dies at 67
  • 1995 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor & author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), dies of bone cancer at 88
  • 1995 Hugh Morton, Baron Morton of Shuna, Scottish lawyer & judge, dies at 65
  • 1996 Burton Stein, American historian, dies at 69
  • 1996 Stirling Silliphant, American screenwriter, dies at 78
  • 1997 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), dies at 86
  • 1997 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies at 94
  • 1997 Gene Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1997 John Beal [James Andrew Bliedung], American actor (10 Who Dare, I Am the Law, Les Misérables), dies at 87
  • 1999 Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound), dies at 41
  • 1999 Jill Dando, British television presenter, dies at 37
  • 2002 Robert Steinhäuser, German spree killer, dies at 19
  • 2003 Rosemary Brown, Canadian politician, dies at 85
  • 2003 Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist, dies at 98
  • 2003 Peter Stone, American writer, dies at 73
  • 2004 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • 2004 Claude "Fiddler" Williams, American jazz violinist and guitarist (Twelve Clouds of Joy; Count Basie), dies at 96
  • 2005 Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss star of German cinema (The Last Bridge, Gervaise), dies at 79
  • 2005 Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author, dies at 87
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor (Lou Grant, Deadliest Season), dies at 86
  • 2007 Jack Valenti, American political advisor & film executive, dies at 85
  • 2011 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter ("Poetry Man"), dies at 60
  • 2013 George Jones, American country singer-songwriter ("Golden Rings"; "Oh Lonesome Me"), dies from hypoxic respiratory failure at 81
  • 2013 Jacqueline Brookes, American actress (Jack & Mike, Another World), dies at 82
  • 2015 Jayne Meadows, American actress (Dark Delusion, David and Bathsheba) & wife of Steve Allen, dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2017 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73
  • 2017 Raj Bagri, Indian-British merchant in metal, dies at 86
  • 2018 Charles Neville, American vocalist & saxophonist (Neville Brothers), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79
  • 2021 Tamara Press, Soviet athlete (Olympic gold shot put 1960, 64; discus 1960, 64), dies at 83
  • 2021 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), dies at 91 [1] [2]
  • 2021 Dick Mann, American motorcycle racer (A.M.A. Grand National C'ship 1963, 71; Motorcycle Hall of Fame 1998), dies at 86
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